Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest, via North Florida
I'll never understand why anyone thinks that shooting at any inanimate object proves how they'd do against another person. Sure, it shows you have decent aim, but that's not even half the problem in a defensive situation.
This exchange from the classic movie, "Unforgiven" says it all, I think:
W.W. Beauchamp: So, Corky was actually quicker on the draw than the D... than English Bob?
Little Bill Daggett: Quicker was his whole **** problem. If he hadn't been in such a hurry, he wouldn't have shot his own toe off. Look son, being a good shot, being quick with a pistol, that don't do no harm, but it don't mean much next to being cool-headed. A man who will keep his head and not get rattled under fire, like as not, he'll kill ya. Look here... [stands and draws his gun] That's about as fast as I can draw, and aim, and hit anything more than ten feet away... 'less it's a barn.
W.W. Beauchamp: But... if he doesn't miss?
Little Bill: Then he'll kill ya. [chuckles] Yeah, that's why there's so few dangerous men around like old Bob, like me. It ain't so easy to shoot a man anyhow, especially if the son-of-a-**** is shootin' back at you. I mean, that'll just flat rattle some folks.
"When all else fails, call for indirect fire on your position, AND GET THE **** OUT!"
-Exact words of one of my 'call for fire' class instructors.
Former US Army Ordnance officer and lover of all things what go BOOM!